PLAINVILLE – Mangiafico’s Bakery is up for sale as owner Sal Mangiafico announced his decision to retire after 26 years and sell the building this past weekend.
“Business is great, we’ve done very well and we’ve always been supported by the community, but we just turned 26 this year and I decided that I might as well retire,” said Mangiafico.
Mangiafico is working with realtor Doreen Corriveau to sell the building, located at 104 E. Main St. He is hoping to sell it for $110,000 with everything included – cases, ovens, refrigerators, etc.
Mangiafico said that the business will remain open. He plans to retire once a buyer is found.
Corriveau announced the sale on the Bristol Talks and Plainville Talks social media pages in a video with Mangiafico this weekend. She said in her post that Mangiafico has been a “gem” in Plainville.
“Owner Sal has been providing customers with not only fresh baked goods and pastries, but has been exemplary in his dedication to the community,” she said. “Thank you for being a special piece of Plainville for all these years.”
Several town leaders and residents thanked Mangiafico for his many years of dedication to the community.
“Mangiafico’s has been an institution in Plainville for many years,” said Town Manager Robert E. Lee. “I wish him well in his retirement. He will be missed.”
Town Council Chair Kathy Pugliese said that she was sorry to hear of Mangiafico’s closing.
“It was a wonderful Plainville small business,” she said. “Sal always contributed to charities and events. I wish him well in his well-earned retirement and I hope that someone will purchase the building and keep it going.”
Pugliese said that Mangiafico’s was well-known in Plainville for having “incomparable” sandwich rolls and Italian bread. People often went to them for birthday cakes as well.
Cal Hauburger, planning and economic development director, said that Mangiafico’s was a “stalwart” community business.
“They’ve been a great business to have in town,” he said. “They had a great following and certainly made an impact in town. They were known for having great customer service and a family atmosphere. They were one of the best examples of the type of ‘Mom & Pop’ business that makes up the backbone of our community.”
Several Bristol and Plainville residents also shared memories and gave their well wishes.
“Good luck on your retirement,” wrote Linda L. Masse. “I’m going to miss you. You have the best stuff.”
Karel Zettergren also congratulated Mangiafico.
“I wish you a happy and healthy retirement,” she said. “I’ll miss your angel wings for sure.”
Heidi Coughlin also gave Mangiafico her best wishes.
“You will be sorely missed, and thank you for your years of delicious treats,” she wrote.
Kristen Rockwell congratulated Mangiafico and said he will be greatly missed.
“I’ve enjoyed your bakery for the past 20 years, and would recommend everyone to go to your location,” she wrote. “You made wonderful treats that will never be forgotten.”
Those interested in purchasing the Mangiafico’s building can find the listing at tinyurl.com/2p9bus94. Corriveau can be reached at by email at [email protected] or by phone at 860-250-4443.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or [email protected]